Special effect inks

Special effect inks


Ink is a combination of pigment, pigment carrier or vehicle, and additives that allow the pigment to become liquid and therefore printable.

Colours: Pantone vs. 4-colour
Some basics. In general we use 4-colour (CMYK: cyan, magenta, yellow, black) printing on all our print. On request we can use Pantone colours (PMS: Pantone Matching System) to create perfect colour matches (for specifically ‘difficult’ colours, such as orange or purple or to match logo or company colours). Pantones come in ‘regular’ colours as well as in fluo or metallic colours.

Printing: offset vs. screen-print / serigraphy
We commonly use these 2 printing-processes. In general all regular colour printing is done in off-set on a variety of materials; paper, cardboard, plastics, lenticular, magnetic. Off-set printing is fast and therefore economic. Some special inks can be applied directly in off-set (scratch-off, scented etc.) but most print is first printed in off-set and then ‘finished’ with a special ink layer in screen-print. A screen-print machines has the capability to process a large variety of inks (inks with special pigments, with particles etc.). Screen-print machines are generally slower than offset machines and print prices are therefore a little higher.

Thermo-sensitive: Heat sensitive
- Ink becomes transparent/colourless at temperatures higher than room temperature.
- Reaction temperature at which the ink disappears can be decided (f.e. 37°, 50° etc.)
- Most commonly used ink-colour is black but can be coloured as well (blue, green, red etc.)
- Effect both reversible (once back to room temperature the ink takes its usual appearance again) and irreversible (mostly used with high temperatures (85°, 100°); colour does not disappear once the temperature is lowered.

Glow-in-the-dark (Phosphorescent)
An ink that will glow after it has been charged with light. It’s most commonly used colour is yellow/lime, but this ink is also available in light blue and light violet. Strongest glow effect if printed on white background.

Full colour and silver scratch-off
Ink can be scratched off from print with nails or a coin. Most commonly know colour used is silver, but this ink is also available in gold and can be full colour printed.

Scented and scratch & sniff ( micro-encapsulated fragrances)
. Scents are in general available from stock (most common scents: chocolates, fruits, herbs&spices, flowers&plants, smelly smells etc.), but can also be specially mixed to create new scents or resemble existing scents.

Water-reveal
A white covering ink, ideally used on plastic or plastified materials, that in contact with water, becomes transparent. Reversible: once dried up again the ink turns back to white.

Glitter
Glitter ink, or to be more precise ‘varnish’ has a finish similar to metallic inks, but with a much greater sparkle, and a wide range of colour glitter.

Holo Ink
Be amongst the first to use this technique! A unique procedure to create motion and depth effects. It's not holographic, it's not lenticular, it's not an incision. And the best of all, it's low-cost!
We offer a wide range of patterns - subtle and elegant or super-psychedelic - to choose from. We also do the elaboration of your images for you. The obtained effect can be"silver" or "rainbow" (see attached samples). Supports can be for example self-adhesive or cardboard.

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Glitter

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Want a Sparkling Collection? Glitter varnish is your special effect.It's a special metallic ink with...

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Glow in the dark

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Light up the dark with Glow in the dark effect on your stickers or cards!Glow content in your collec...

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Holo ink

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Holo ink is the most special effect!Create shiny motion with our wide range of patterns!This special...

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Scratch & sniff

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Give your collection a flavour!Scratch and Sniff ink is the special effect that can be applied to va...

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Thermo inks

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Add a thermo sensitive ink card to your collection!An original content created by a special ink that...

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Water reveal

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Enrich your stickers collection with a water reveal effect!This special effect is a full-cover white...

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Scratch-off

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Add to your cards collection a Scratch Off card or sticker hiding a secret content.This special ink ...

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